Boy Scout, a 45-foot motor boat, was built by Britt Brothers at Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1916 as a high-speed (20-knots, plus) pleasure craft. In May 1917 she was ordered delivered to the Navy and subsequently served as USS Boy Scout (SP-53), initially in New England waters. Later, she was sent overseas for "aviation service". No further record has been found on her, but she was probably disposed of in the year following the end of World War I.
This page features our only view of the motor boat Boy Scout, which became USS Boy Scout (SP-53) in 1917.
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Photo #: NH 99426
Boy Scout (American Motor Boat, 1916)
Underway, circa 1916-1917.
Photographed by George N. Harden, Rockland, Maine.
This fast (26.2 mph) craft was ordered delivered to the Navy on 5 May 1917 and became USS Boy Scout (SP-53). She was subsequently sent overseas for "aviation service".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 515 pixels
Page made 19 August 2004